Friday, 9 December 2016

Oriflame HairX Supreme Hold Styling Hairspray Review

Getting ready for a party and spending much time n effort on your elaborate hair style is a familiar scenario at every household this wedding season. And the next concern after getting your hairdo is to keep it in place till the time you don't return back home ;) 

If you're sailing in the same boat and can relate to this situation, you certainly need to invest in a good Hair Spray. I'm patting my back myself that I opted for Oriflame HairX Supreme Hold Styling Hairspray quite timely and used it on my hair some times in last few weeks.

Product Info:
Achieve a beautiful hairstyle with a perfect finish and an extreme 48H hold with Supreme Hold hair spray. Offering flexible movement and a soft touch, this easy to comb out spray is formulated with Keratin to protect and manage hair, leaving it soft and smooth. No residue, non-sticky.
The reason why I wanted to try a hair spray initially, was to find an alternative to hair styling gels that usually weigh the hair down and make hair look sticky. Oriflame HairX Supreme Hold Styling Hairspray claimed to be non-sticky while holding the hair style for extreme duration.

Oriflame HairX Supreme Hold Styling Hairspray came in a long, metallic silver can with black cap. It's an easy to use aerosol can, but may not fit your travel-kit easily due to its tall sized packaging (but I won't mind slipping it in a corner of my suitcase).
The best thing about this hair spray is that one can use it during or after styling the hair. If you’ve got thin hair, it can be a perfect product to add volume and lift to your hair. Simply spritz this hairspray onto your hair brush and then comb it through your hair for a natural looking thicker locks.

I used the spray for a light hold on my straight hair when I went for a usual restaurant party organized indoors and I liked the way they were moving naturally without sticking together. The usual flyaways were under control too. The hair is supplied with certain amount of shine after using the spray.

On another occasion, to go for an outdoor gathering, I sprayed some extra spritz of the product on my top-tuck hairdo because mostly my hair don't stay where I want it to and behave ridiculously unmanageable. And I swear, my hair left me feel proud for not behaving messy at all with strong hold against the effect of wind. 
Also the hair spray is a perfumed one, so leaves your hair smelling nice for next few hours. I liked the fragrance, but some people might prefer a fragrance-free product.
Oh yes! not to forget, my collegiate brother who loves his spiky hair style more than anything else in the world, styled his otherwise flat hair into spikes using this spray and retained the firm hold all day long. {a note of thanks from him was obvious} ;) It means the product is versatile enough to be used by both men or women. 

By now, if you're already impressed with the product efficacy and are wondering about its after effects; let me make my point clear-
  • Despite the alcohol content in the product, the spray doesn't induce dryness, brittleness, stiffness or hair breakage provided it's not used on daily basis. (If you are looking for Non-alcoholic spray, remember it tends to let the hair loose their style sooner). 
  • It doesn't cause any harm to colour-treated hair.
  • There is no skin irritation arising out of the product usage. 
  • It's easy to wash off using normal shampoo without requiring any extra effort. 
  • Most importantly, follow the right method to use the product by holding the can about 20-30 cm from your hair and spray 3-4 times, else it may not perform the way you expect.
Alcohol Denat, Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/ Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aqua, Parfum, Lauryl Pyrrolidone, Linalool, Panthenol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Hydrolyzed Keratin

Availability: Order here at Rs. 499 (200ml pack)
The oriflame hairspray may sound slightly more expensive than your average hairspray, but it justifies it price as the product is infused with Keratin that is a protein that fortifies and strengthens weak hair so that they are less likely to get damaged during styling.

All in all, Oriflame HairX Supreme Hold Styling Hairspray is one product to lock your locks into place with a salon-like impression.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tips & Tricks To Find The Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

Hello everyone,

How are you enjoying this wedding season... I'm so occupied these days attending back-to-back functions in my family. But I look forward to be a part of such occasion when I get a chance to wear my favourite ethnic wear i.e. saree. Before I continue today's post, I would like to share few pics of mine from the recent wedding I attended this weekend.

The best thing I like about these parties is to see glamorously beautiful women turning your attention to their ultra-chic outfits. And then, I truly adore the most pretty lady i.e the bride who enters to a picture-perfect backdrop as the show-stopper with a lovely smile of her face. But have you ever thought how much time this pretty lady might have devoted to look best-dressed on her special day.. 

Today I'm here to talk about bride-to-be girls who need some inspiration to decide how to choose their wedding attire.

Embarking on the search for the perfect wedding dress can be a thrilling as well as daunting task for any woman. The pressure to find and style the most appropriate wedding dress is always on mind, because it might be the most expensive and prettiest garment most women will ever own & it's not as simple as buying a casual or work wear. 

If your search for the wedding outfit has starting to stress you out, here is a quick guide to bridal shopping to avoid any wedding boutique faux pas -

  • Start shopping for your dress after finalizing the place and time of your wedding. It will help you focus your search since many factors including the location, weather, time etc influence the style of your dress. You cannot pick the same ensemble for a beach wedding / ballroom reception / outdoor ceremony/ restaurant dinner. 
  • Avoid making any compromises in the type of fabric which is as important as choosing the ideal style of your outfit. Usually, a heavier and more structured material will better hold its shape to flatter your figure. 
  • Be realistic with your body shape. Visualize yourself in a wedding ensemble thinking about what suits your body type, and not what looked fab on someone else. Consider the style, shape, neckline, length, waistline, trains, sleeves of your dress and all other minute details before your wedding dress goes for customization.
  • Avoid being swayed by steep bargains offered by boutiques on dresses under designer labels. It may be a dream come true to own your favourite designer outfit, but may not complement your personality. Remember, you are to choose the dress, not the label ;) Some dresses look great on the hanger, but may not be your type. In short, never let yourself purchase a dress you're not in love with. Also stick to the price range that's realistic for your budget. Before giving the final order for your dress, don't hesitate to do an exhaustive research on online websites that deal in bridal wear to know the type of dresses in-vogue.
  • Thinking you're done with your dream outfit for your big day as the ensemble is selected? Well! don't forget to invest in best-fitted innerwear. Have a clear picture of your outfit in your mind whether it is embellished / lacy / translucent / backless / off-shoulder etc. before purchasing your shapewear. It's highly recommended to carry (or wear) right kind of undergarments even while trying the wedding dresses. After all, there is no woman on this planet who hasn’t experienced the transformative powers of the right innerwear at some point of time in their lives. 
  • Stick to a dress size that is your current fit (even if you are planning to shed some weight). Most dresses can be altered down one or two sizes depending on the seam allowance. And it's better to order a bigger size and take it in, rather than be stuck with one that's too small to close. Usually, the bridal boutiques take the responsibility to customize your dress to the comfortable fit as per your instructions. The key is to make sure whether you can walk, sit, kneel conveniently in your dress.  
  • However traditional or trendy bride you are, Accessorizing is the key to dramatically influence the look and feel of your wedding dress. Most bridal boutiques these days are offering an exquisite range of jewellery, footwear, bags, makeup and other accessories under one roof that simply turns a bride into a eye-pleasing diva.
  • And, when you've finally found your dream wedding dress n gorgeous accessories, stop looking for more! It'll put an end to the risk of further temptation to try more dresses and will keep you away from doubts setting in, because “The most common mistake that a bride makes is not purchasing her dress when she finds it,” So, be self-confident and just look forward to showing it to everyone on the big day.
Hope these tips will be helpful! Waiting for your lovely comments :)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Oriflame The One Power Shine Lipsticks Review & Swatches

A right lipstick can always make your day better even when you are not wearing any other makeup. For me, Lipstick game is always strong because this is the only makeup which is essential part of my everyday look.

Today's I'm reviewing two lipsticks from The One Power Shine range of Oriflame in shades Cocoa Burst (30444) and Red Ovation (30441). 

Medium coverage lipstick in pearly shades with ultra-reflective Meta Shine pearls for amplified shine. Infused with caring LipKiss Complex for softer, smoother lips and even more shine.
The lipsticks are packed in mauve colored cardboard box on the outside. The sleek, shiny, silver lipstick bullet's packaging is super cool to look at.
The Red Ovation shade is not that intense blood red shade, that some women shy away;but a perfect wear for anytime during the day or at night by anyone. The Cocoa Burst is a mature version of light brown, which is again not very deep shade. 
Both the lipcolors are buttery light in texture and will aid in luscious lips by smooth application effortlessly. Despite the nearly creamy formula, it won't bleed at all. The moisture offered by the lipstick lets you skip the layer on lip balm underneath and you may pose with a super glamorous pout without worries of chapped, dry lips.
Speaking about the colour buildup, the lipsticks give sheer shine and tint due to mildly infused shimmer. The one-swipe medium coverage can be intensified by 2-3 repetitive swipes.
One can even dab these lipstick over a darker shade lipstick to complement it with gloss-like look. There is delicious fruity scent to both the lipsticks which resemble to melon flavoured candies to me ;)
On my lips, the lipsticks stayed no longer than 2-3 hours without any meals which is somewhat low. If reapplication is not an issue, then the impression of fuller lips that these lipstick create will steal your heart in no time. Highly recommended for young girls or the pretty women who are crazy for tinted, sparkled lips.
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Lanolin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Candelilla Cera, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Paraffin, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cera Microcristallina, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Parfum, Canola Oil, Propylparaben, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Tin Oxide, Bht, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 77891, CI 77820, CI 45410, CI 15850, CI 19140, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 42090, CI 17200

Availability: Check out what all shades are available to choose from here for Rs. 499 each.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Amazing Uses of All Purpose Aloe Vera Gel ft. Aroma Essentials

If there exists something called Miracle Plant, it certainly has to be Aloe Vera. The thick, clear substance hidden within its long leaves provides natural relief for a variety of issues related to skin or hair.

I've been sent the All Purpose Aloevera Gel by Aroma Essentials.
It is a perfect blend of Aloe vera Extract and Hibiscus Extract while Grapefruit n Lavender essential oils are added to it for the aromatic feel afterwards. It is a clear gel without any artificial colors into it and is not sticky in application.
Since, it is a multipurpose gel, I didn't limit myself to use it topically onto my skin, but tried it differently every time (except consuming it). So I'm sharing some simple to follow ways to use the Aloe Vera Gel (can be from any brand)-
  • For Skin Healing: This gel, without adding any extra ingredients into it, is readily usable for applying directly on skin as a mask to soothe the sunburn inflamed skin to reduce redness and pain quickly. No need to wash the skin. The gel can be applied on minor cuts and burns for instant relief.
  • As Skin Exfoliation: To avail the peaceful winter skin, make a paste by mixing required quantity of Oatmeal and Honey into Aloe Vera gel. Massage it on the skin for a minute or two and wash it off after 10 minutes. This mild exfoliation paste works excellent for deeply leaning and moisturizing all skin types whether oily, dry or sensitive without any side effects.
  • To Combat Skin Ageing: Applying aloe vera gel on your face regularly help to reduce appearance of wrinkles and improves skin elasticity due to vitamin C and E present in the gel. The soft, supple and hydrated skin starts looking firm and healthy.
  • As Hair Conditioner/Serum: Dilute aloe vera gel with plain water in a small bowl and pour the liquid in a spray bottle. Shake it well and spray it on your unmanageable hair to to close the hair cuticles and thereby control hair frizz. When you run a comb through your hair, it detangles easily.It can be used on your hair anytime , not necessarily after a head bath.
  • For Better Hair Growth: Apply the all-purpose aloe gel on scalp directly and cover your hair and scalp with a shower cap. The hibiscus extract stimulates hair growth by allowing blood circulation to the scalp and the amino acids or protein present in Aloe vera extract accelerates usual rate of hair growth. One can prevent scalp itchiness and dryness by applying this gel on scalp.
  • In Hair Colour: Many people who prefer to use their favourite hair colour purchased from drug stores can mix this aloe vera gel into their hair color to soothe their hair and prevent it from chemical damage. 
I know there are innumerable benefits of Aloe Vera plant for us, but I've shared the  ones that I tried. Hope you may find the tips useful.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Oriflame The ONE Long Wear Nail Polish Review & Swatches

"The inner beauty surely is great, but a little nailpolish never hurts."

I've to admit that I'm never satisfied with the number of nailpaints I own. There was a time when I had been devoted towards traditional shades of nailpaints imagining that not every colour would suit my dusky skin tone. But I seriously feel surprised on myself now when I'm attracted to buy unusual shades of nailpaints and I really like those on my finger nails.

Let me show you the current inclusion in my existing nail paint collection. These are from none other than the popular cosmetic brand Oriflame. I chose to have the nail paints from The One Long Wear range of Oriflame in shades Ruby Rouge, Lilac Silk, London Red. 
Ruby Rogue is a deep burgundy, fall-appropriate shade. If you are an attention-seeker, this is the shade for you. I goes really well with traditional hued ethnic outfit when you are ready to rock wedding parties styling load of embellishments on you :) I'm in never-ending love with this shade.

In a total contrast to my usual preferences for dark shades, I opted for a lighter shade called Lilac Silk shade. This is such pretty girly shade that will definitely be a favourite of girls for its unique tint. Just make sure to paint your nails with two coats for finest opaque finish. I bet its your ticket to get noticed when you flaunt subtle nailpaint like Lilac Silk. It gives a touch of intricate femininity to the wearer. This shade deserves to be called as my newly discovered love.

And, if want to continue your unfailing dedication for Reds like me, then you have London Red to make you smile bigger. It's a shade that most women adore irrespective of the season, occasion or kind of outfit they are wearing it with.

The nail paints of The One range come in a long, transparent glass bottle with greyish cap. The applicator brush is so comfortable to hold. The wider n thicker applicator brush eases your job to paint the entire nail in single swipe from the base to the tip with precision. The unique thing of the packaging is a bottle lock which I never found in any other brand nail paint bottles.
All the nail paints I swatched have beautiful glossy finish but its not shimmery. I'm so happy to share that the wearing time of these nail paints is much better than most nail paints. It survived on my finger nails for more than a week after doing all households with only minimal chipping on the edges, which is worth appreciation. I believe the longevity can be increased by using a top coat, which I didn't use purposely.

For a price of INR 299 each, The ONE Long Wear Nail Polishes offer 8 ml of content. So your search for long-lasting, high coverage nail polish in the latest shades ends here. There are tens of other gorgeous shades too.  Check it out!!

Did you like any of these shades or you want me to review other shades next time ;)

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Nelf Cosmetics Eye Rock Eyeshadow Palette Review

Are you one of those style icons who want to wear a bold eye makeup look to make a statement without going overboard for a wedding ceremony you are attending this season. Then we have a great recommendation of a bold hued eyeshadow palette.

6 Musketeers.... as they call it, is an eyeshadow palette from Nelf Cosmetics containing 6 amazingly beautiful shades to dramatize your eye makeup in a jiffy. If you are bored of your usual favourite eyeshadow in nude n neutral and try some these vibrant shades.
The palette comes in a sleek carton with cute graphics printed on it. The palette contained in the carton has a tiny applicator brush and a small mirror as well. So if you are usually on travel, keeping this one palette in your makeup kit will relieve you from packing mirror etc separately.
Ingredients (refer image below)
Price: Rs. 425/-
The fun shades of six complementing shadows will intensify your eye makeup by adding a touch of sultriness to your overall look. For this fall-winter season, a deeper hued eyeshadow can make the rest of your face appear fresh and full of life. These eye shadows can be used to create as many looks as an individual may imagine by creative thinking of mix n match.
The shades are greatly pigmented and offer non-patchy application so smoothly, but it needs building up to bring out the warmth of the shade. The shades blend like magic for their soft texture. (apologies for blur swatches below)
The brand recommends to apply smooth primer over eye area to help prevent eye shadow color from fading or creasing. The lighter shades can be swept onto lid and the inner corner of eye while the medium shade go for crease. The two darkest shades can be blended into the outer corner of eye and along lower lash line and you are gravitated toward presenting timeless makeup look in your own right.
The Eye Rock Eyeshadow Palette is available in 4 options presently that will certainly inspire you to discover perfect choice for your personality. Make one yours !!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Mesmerizing Memories of Dubai Vacations

I love the time of life when I'm never knowing what day of the week it is, and that's the time when I'm on vacation with my girly gang. 

Aah! Those lazy days and beautiful nights, some girly talk and crazy cat fights ;) ha ha ha. 

On a serious note, I truly love travelling :) Travel for me is not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. It's actually a new way to see things around and feel privileged that you could witness the beauty of this lively planet.

Few months back (in the month of June, to be exact), me and my girly gang got an amazing opportunity to create magic in our lives by enjoying an overseas trip together. We knew our 'summer' will end with good memories now, so we quickly enrolled ourselves to avail the travel package to Dubai

We felt elated to find that our two-way flights were booked with Emirates Airlines, one of the leading airlines across the world that offers excellent service in terms of baggage allowance, in-flight dining, passenger security and everything else. Adding to our convenience, all the pre and post booking procedure was provide online that relieved us from all the hassle.

Immediately after landing at the beautiful destination, the exuberant girls just took few minutes to freshen up their looks with quick touch ups and we were good to go ;) And here's how the 'land of fantasies' entertained us with its world-class attractions.

The live Dolphin and Seal Show at the Dubai Dolphinarium was the highlight of Day 1. Watching these amicable creatures perform incredible acrobatic moves thrilled everyone present in the hall full of thousands of spectators. Hats off to the trainers who conduct every show with such precision!

Another leisurely activity to thrill the adventurers in us awaited us at the soft sand of Dubai Desert Safari the next day. The Camel Trekking, Sand boarding, Quad Riding activities followed by BBQ dinner served under starlit sky & the belly dancers performing sultry moves made it an experience that we will never forget. Watching the sun go down over the horizon from the highest sand dune served a perfect backdrop for many memorable photographs.
I know, you are all wondering if we missed visiting the mega sky scrapper?? Well, nah! Next morning after we had our breakfast, we were transported to the tallest building of the world, Burj Khalifa. Wow! the stunning marvel of engineering presented a view that left us breathless.
Before heading back to the hotel, we spent some gala time at places like Gold Souk, Marina Dhow Cruise and Sheikhs Palace too. As our wonderful trip was coming to an end, we bought some exclusive souvenirs for family back home from the charming gift shops of Dubai and returned back richer in our memories. Because traveling with friends is the only thing that makes you 'richer' and 'happier'.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Oriflame Nature Secrets Nettle and Lemon Shampoo Review

I've been using Oriflame cosmetics & fragrances for quite some time now and found myself attracted towards all its excellent quality products. On reviewing the Oriflame Hair Mask, I received a few messages from my readers to recommend some oriflame shampoo that they can use prior to mask application. So here is one of the shampoos from Oriflame Nature Secrets in Nettle & Lemon variant that I've tested and reviewing it for you today.
To begin with, the colorful label on the shampoo packaging appealed me in the very first look. You may notice the key ingredients Nettle leaves and Lemons printed on the label for a charming appearance. The sleek, but tall bottle fits in the grip of your hand comfortably due to the curvy shape of bottle. It's a see-through bottle to keep an eye on the content of the bottle. 
On the rear part of the bottle, you may find the list of ingredients.
As always, I liked the flip-open cap on the bottle to ooze the product out as per need.
The shampoo looks to have faint green colour when in bottle, but comes colourless on your palm. The consistency is moderately thick as compared to some shampoos I've used in past. If you expect the shampoo to be low-lathering, think again. The shampoo, despite being mild on hair and scalp, produces sufficient frothy bubbles to clean the dirt, oil and grime accumulated on the hair roots and length. 
The shampoo has light, citrusy fragrance that doesn't annoy even the most responsive smelling senses, but will be pleasant to most of us. The smell lasts not very long in your tresses after you rinse it off.
The shampoo has extracts of lemon and nettle plant leaves. To the ones, for whom Nettle is a new name, it is an plant whose leaves have an astringent quality for deep cleaning the hair and supply your hair with lots of body. I personally experienced that the shampoo fulfills its claims. Both the Nettle extract and Lemon extract are best natural remedies to eliminate dandruff and are said to be more effective for oily, greasy hair. The shampoo can be used everyday if your hair get oily sooner, but I recommend to either limit the quantity per usage or washing your hair on alternate days since the formula is not completely herbal. 
In general, the shampoo suits all hair types without causing any side effects like overdry n itchy scalp, irritated eyes or tangled hair which commonly happen with many of us after using a wrong shampoo type. I'm believing that it is because Nettle and Lemon contain high levels of vitamins and minerals to enhance hair health. I'm happy how soft, manageable and tangle-free hair I get after using Oriflame Nature Secrets Nettle and Lemon Shampoo every time.
If you would like to buy the product, it's available here for a price of INR 329 for 250 ml pack.